Aug 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers hat and glove in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers may choose to buy at the trading deadline or they may choose to sell. Of course they could stand pat which would enrage both factions of Tigers’ fans that are on opposite sides of the buy/sell debate.
No matter what they do on July 31, the Tigers have a ton of free agents this season. Whether they are traded or not, it appears that David Price, Joakim Soria, Alex Avila, Rajai Davis, Alfredo Simon, and a few others will not be coming back to Detroit. One player, Yoenis Cespedes, is also a free agent but has pledged his desire to stay in The D, though that is far from a certainty for a return.
So the Tigers are going to need a ton of new players next year, even in the unlikely event that they buy and go on a run to the postseason.
This why many of us at Motor City Bengals have begged the team to sell. They can get some nice parts to restock the farm system and there is a very deep free agency class this year with plenty of money (hopefully) to spend.
In other words, what looks like a long rebuild could be a brief reshuffle of the roster with a new manager (and perhaps a new GM), and the Tigers could surprise and contend in the next couple years based on their core infused with new blood.
So let’s take a look at five players that would look mighty nice in the Olde English D in 2016 and beyond.